Spotlight: JoEllen Schultz

If you’ve ever shopped our New Hope store, you’ve hopefully had the pleasure of meeting JoEllen Schultz. JoE (for short) has a warm smile, a kind heart, and a calming presence. We recently caught up with her to learn a bit more:   Q:  What is your background A:  I have been with Arc’s Value […]

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Watching Our Waste This Holiday!

Halloween is here and the holidays fall right on the heels. Minnesotans are a festive bunch and we love to entertain, decorate and exchange gifts with loved ones…but at what expense? According to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, a typical Minnesotan between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day adds an additional 1 million tons a week to […]

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Circular Inventory

One in, one out? One in, two out? None in for a month? What is your home inventory method? Many Twin Citians practice the discipline of home inventory management, whether it’s because they are downsizing to urban living, simplifying their busy, cluttered lives, or perhaps reversing the trend for overconsumption for ecological reasons. The Netflix […]

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Event Wear!

Hi everyone! Melissa here. Some of you may know me because I’m 1 of 3 personal shoppers for the Thrift Stylist program here at Arc’s Value Village! OR, maybe you have just seen me around because I’m there during the day almost every weekday. OR maybe my face looks familiar because I’ve been reposted on […]

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WOOL

I have a new obsession. Perhaps this is coming at an unusual time as I’m a Minnesotan and we are finally at a place where we can safely say it will not snow again. (It won’t, right?) It just stormed and hailed and snowed last week. I don’t think our sweet MidCoast hearts can handle […]

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Makers of MN

“Something that is old, worn and forgotten gets a second life in color. The pieces all have meaning and sentimental value but are not being used any longer. It’s all about the juxtaposition” says Julia Moss, local designer who transforms vintage silver into modern creations. Many of us remember the days of pulling out the […]

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Makers of MN

The Minnesota State Fair (August 23-September 3 Labor Day) has everything from crafts, art, music, farm animals, food, and the Midway. This year I am really excited to partner with Arc’s Value Village and The Minnesota Pollution Control agency to bring you a live edition of my podcast, The Makers of Minnesota, from the Eco […]

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Makers of MN

Robinwood Reclaim is the result of a city kid, Patrick, marrying the North Dakota farm girl, Robin. When the couple met and visited her family farm, they would often spend time driving around the country-side and explore many of the abandoned buildings scattered around them, especially those on her farm. As they searched, Patrick could […]

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You Are What You Wear

Responsible fashion is so in right now. By Laura Madden Sustainable fashion. When you hear those words, what comes to mind? Eco-friendly? Ethical? Fair Trade? Often, people paint a visual of hippy-style 1970s garb, or something that lacks style and sass – the furthest thing from fashionable. Choosing sustainability doesn’t mean sacrificing style. If you […]

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Repurposing Cashmere Sweaters into Touques

Growing up in a very small town in northern Canada, a majority of our clothes came from the Sears catalogue. If you wanted something other than Sears couture, you had to make it yourself or drive four hours to the closest city. Fortunately, I came from long line of extremely talented knitters, sewers, and crafters. […]

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